‘Fifty Shades Freed’ Dominates Box Office as Eastwood’s ‘The 15:17 to Paris’ Skews Old

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‘Fifty Shades Freed’ Dominates Box Office as Eastwood’s ‘The 15:17 to Paris’ Skews Old
Threequel “Fifty Shades Freed” (Universal) easily led all films, including three wide openers, as so far 2018 lags behind 2017 at the box office, going against sports competition from both the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics. Grosses are now down one per cent.

Next week’s anticipated release of Marvel’s “Black Panther” (Disney) this Friday will reverse that trend. Early projections for this eagerly anticipatedAfrican-based superhero story directed by Ryan Coogler (“Creed”) are about $150 million, the total for all the films for last year’s three-day President’s Day weekend.

The openers this weekend totaled an expected $75 million. They represent three distinctive strains of mainstream studio product these days: a franchise sequel (“Fifty Shades Freed”), a hybrid animated-live action feature (“Peter Rabbit”) and a true-life heroic action dramatic re-enactment (“The 15:17 to Paris”).

Disconcertingly, last year’s three similar titles totaled $55 million more: “The Lego Batman Movie” at $53 million (more
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